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  • North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation Commission, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services -

    Division of Soil and Water Conservation Local Soil and Water Conservation Districts

  • Soil & Water Conservation Commission: • Approves eligible practices • Sets policy and costs • Allocates funding

    Division of Soil & Water Conservation: • Advises the Commission on technical standards &

    administrative procedures • Provides engineering and technical assistance • Approves AgWRAP contracts and payments

    Local Soil & Water Conservation Districts: • Market the program to landowners and operators • Prepare conservation plans, contracts and invoices

    How AgWRAP Works

  • Agricultural Water Resources Assistance Program (AgWRAP)

    AgWRAP was established through S.L. 2011-145 to assist

    farmers and landowners in doing any one or more of the following:

    • Identify opportunities to increase water use efficiency, availability and storage;

    • Implement best management practices (BMPs) to conserve and protect water resources;

    • Increase water use efficiency;

    • Increase water storage and availability for agricultural purposes.

  • Public Benefits of AgWRAP • Reduces competition for water resources by public users

    • Improves the efficient use of water while enabling the industry to produce food, fiber and other agricultural products

    • Prepares the agricultural industry to weather future droughts

    • Generates and protects local jobs in agriculture and agribusiness

  • Best Management Practices

    • Agricultural Water Supply/Reuse Pond

    • Agricultural Pond Repair/Retrofit

    • Agricultural Pond Sediment Removal

    • Agricultural Water Collection and Reuse System

    • Baseflow Interceptor (streamside pickup)

    • Conservation Irrigation Conversion

    • Micro-Irrigation System

    • Water Supply Well

  • AgWRAP Best Management Practices FY2012-FY2016 BMPs Contracted Installed Total

    New ponds $843,497 $494,276 $1,337,773

    Pond repairs/retrofits $517,036 $153,627 $670,663

    Pond sediment removal $180,037 $78,449 $258,486

    Conservation irrigation conversion $0 $2,278 $2,278

    Micro-irrigation system conversions $40,672 $22,513 $63,185

    Baseflow interceptors $11,743 $15,191 $26,934

    Water supply wells $343,162 $400,841 $744,003

  • Ag Ponds

  • Ag Pond Sediment Removal

  • Water Supply Wells

  • I would like to compliment the engineers, soil scientists, Chatham Soil and Water Conservation, and others involved in my pond planning and construction.

    Not only were they diligent and knowledgeable in their jobs but also pleasant and courteous in their demeanor. It was a pleasure working with them.

    The AgWRAP is a great service for agriculturalists especially here in Chatham County where water can become scarce!

    Wynn Dinnsen, Chatham County

  • Sustaining Water For the FutureSustaining Water For the Future

    Developed in 1958 3,965 acre-feet of flood storage 518 acre-feet of municipal & industrial water supply 6 million gallons a day

  • Dec. 2015

  • Dec. 2011

  • Dec. 2011

  • Tornado Damage Bertie County

    April 2011

    Hurricane Irene Damage Chowan County

    August 2011

  • Stream Debris Removal Project

    • Streams/drainage channels blocked from storm debris from Hurricanes Irene, Sandy and Arthur; tornadoes and ice storms

    • $850,000 in two DEQ Division of Water Resources grants, plus $120,000 in watershed improvement funds

    • Over $3.75 million requested • Funds awarded to 11 conservation districts, 7

    counties, 4 drainage districts, 2 municipalities • Over 375 miles of stream affected

  • Drainage issues are very complex & impacted by a combination of factors including:

    • Multiple landowners • Changing land uses • Maintenance of existing drainage

    systems • Challenging weather patterns, storm

    frequencies and intensities • Beaver activity • Lack of available technical resources

    to determine drainage patterns at watershed and/or regional scale

  • • Established in aftermath of Hurricane Floyd • Funded by CWMTF (4 grants - $18.7M) • Eligibility: active swine farms in 100 yr. floodplains • Bought out 42 operations

    - Capacity to produce 59,200 hogs - 103 waste lagoons decommissioned - 1,218 acres included in conservation easements

    • 138 farmers have applied for the program

    Swine Buyout Program

  • Pat Harris, Director pat.harris@ncagr.gov (919) 715-6097

    David Williams, Deputy Director david.b.williams@ncagr.gov (919) 715-6103

    Natalie Woolard, Section Chief Technical Services natalie.woolard@ncagr.gov (252) 948-3902

    Carl Dunn, PE Technical Services carl.dunn@ncagr.gov (252) 948-3900

    mailto:pat.harris@ncagr.gov mailto:david.b.Williams@ncagr.gov mailto:natalie.woolard@ncagr.gov mailto:carl.dunn@ncagr.gov